My Gretsch Junior Jet II finally arrived today from Sweetwater (great service!). I had them restrung with Rotosound nylon flatwounds before shipping. A few observations about the bass itself, about the short scale, and about my first time bass experience. The Gretsch is quite a nice little unit. Much better than what I expected for $300. As to the short scale, frankly I can't imagine any longer scale (or heavier instrument hanging around my neck) to be desirable for me personally. The short scale still presents some pretty good finger stretches at the low end. Fret 2 to 5 is a pretty good hop. A pretty big difference from guitar of course. But I don't think I'd want any more length there than the 30" scale. It feels quite comfortable, if still physically challenging, at that scale. As for some people saying a short scale bass "feels like a toy," I can only assume that means compared to the full scale basses they are used to. Because this does not feel like a toy to me. It's larger (and heavier) than my Strat, which certainly does not feel toy-like in any way. If anything makes it feel like a toy, it's the nylon flatwounds. I've never played anything like that before. It's a strange feeling at first. They sorta feel like those thick fake plastic guitar strings you see on toy guitars as a kid. I didn't realize they'd be smooth plastic. I don't know what I was expecting, but they were a surprise to me. That said, after a few hours of playing today I've come to enjoy and appreciate them. Very easy on the fingers. I'm finding bass to be a pretty easy natural from guitar, at least at the beginner level. I'm able to blow through many of the Rocksmith songs I've tried at a 90%+ success rate. That said, I realize the complexity of bass playing is in no way represented by the typical rock/pop songs I've tried so far. But it is nice to jump in and not feel like a complete fumble-fingered fool. I'm looking forward to many years of progression! My only complaint thus far is the non-contoured body of the Gretsch. I already miss the comfy contours of my Strat. I guess a slab-style instrument just isn't for me (or my ribs, or my thighs, or my forearms...). I'm going to keep a hopeful lookout for a G&L Fallout short scale bass as my next instrument. If that fails to materialize, I guess it's a Warmoth (can I find someone to build it for me?) or the Lakland Hollowbody 30 (but in a different color please!). Are there any other good quality contour-bodies models worth consideration? I'm looking forward to learning much from these forums in the years to come. This is quite a fascinating (and helpful) community. Next step: a proper bass combo amp.